Conservatories can be greatly undervalued. For those of us who buy a home with one already installed, we might see them as a nice little perk, but few of us truly consider how beneficial and versatile they can be. And yet, if you’re looking for a way to improve your home, a conservatory could be just the thing you need.
Here are a few reasons why:
When we think of ways to add space to our home, most of us automatically visualise a traditional extension or a basement or loft conversion as the way to go. However, a conservatory can do just the same. Once we stop thinking of them as quaint little add-ons, we realise that a conservatory is, at its heart, an extra room in your home. What you choose to use it for is down to you.
Conservatories don’t have to be confined to a simple sunroom, with a few padded chairs and a place to leave your wellingtons in winter. Instead, they can act as an entertainment space, a sun-filled dining room, toy room, extra lounge or anything else you might like. If you’d prefer, you could make it an add-on to an existing room rather than an entirely new one – to extend your kitchen, for example.
If you’re looking to increase the available space in your home, you’ll soon come to realise that a conservatory could be a much more cost-effective option than a traditional extension.
It could still have the effect of adding value to your home, but possibly without such a dramatic initial outlay. Although you’re probably not looking to sell any time soon, if you’re considering an extension, this might be something that you’re glad of further down the line.
As there are a large number of companies specialising in conservatories, prices are competitive and shopping around can help you to save a lot of money. Even if you’re short on spare cash for the foreseeable future, finance options such as conservatory loans are available from companies such as Nemo Personal Finance, meaning that this may be a home improvement you can consider sooner rather than later. However, remember to do your research beforehand, and don’t commit to anything unless you can afford the repayments, as Nemo Loans are secured on your home.
An obvious but often underrated benefit of conservatories is their ability to brighten up your home. Conservatories let in a significant amount of natural light, and heat themselves for most of the year thanks to the sunlight they absorb. This lends itself well to use an office space or entertainment area, or even just a place to relax and reflect at the end of a hard day.
As well as helping to improve your mood, this may save money on lighting your home and provide you with a welcome dose of vitamin D, which is especially important if you spend most of your working day indoors.
Enjoy Your Garden in Winter
During the summer months, many of us enjoy sitting outside with a cold drink, doing nothing more strenuous than reading a book and enjoying the scent of flowers and the sound of the bumblebees.
For the majority of the winter, however, there’s very little to enjoy about sitting outside in your garden, when it tends to be cold, wet and windy most days.
A conservatory, with its glass exterior, is the perfect way to make sure that your garden doesn’t become off-limits come the colder months. Choose its location properly, and you could have a gorgeous view across your outdoor space even in the deepest depths of winter.
Could a conservatory be for you?
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